wear the trousers
or wear the pants phrasal to have the controlling authority in a household

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • wear\ the\ trousers — • wear the trousers • wear the pants v. phr. informal To have a man s authority; be the boss of a family or household. Mr. Wilson is henpecked by his wife; she wears the trousers in that family. Mrs. Jones talks a lot but Mr. Jones wears the… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • wear the trousers — The person who  wears the trousers is the dominant or controlling person in a relationship, especially the woman …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • wear the trousers — ► wear the trousers informal be the dominant partner in a relationship. Main Entry: ↑trousers …   English terms dictionary

  • wear the trousers — verb exercise authority or be in charge Who is calling the shots in this house? • Syn: ↑call the shots, ↑call the tune • Hypernyms: ↑control, ↑command • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • wear the trousers —    The partner in a couple who wears the trousers is the one who makes all the important decisions.     The salesman hesitated before the couple. It was difficult to see who wore the trousers …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • wear the trousers — or[wear the pants] {v. phr.}, {informal} To have a man s authority; be the boss of a family or household. * /Mr. Wilson is henpecked by his wife; she wears the trousers in that family./ * /Mrs. Jones talks a lot but Mr. Jones wears the pants in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear the trousers — or[wear the pants] {v. phr.}, {informal} To have a man s authority; be the boss of a family or household. * /Mr. Wilson is henpecked by his wife; she wears the trousers in that family./ * /Mrs. Jones talks a lot but Mr. Jones wears the pants in… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • wear the trousers — British, American & Australian, humorous, American & Australian, humorous to be the person in a relationship who makes all the important decisions. I don t think there s any doubt about who wears the trousers in their house …   New idioms dictionary

  • wear the trousers — informal to be the person in a relationship who has the most control and makes most of the decisions Who wears the trousers in your house? …   English dictionary

  • wear the trousers — informal be the dominant partner in a relationship. → trousers …   English new terms dictionary

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